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27 Jun

‘To find our calling is to find the intersection between our own deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger.’ – Frederick Buechner

(thanks Darius)

22 Jun

Alternet reports How Magic Mushrooms Can Improve Your Life in the Long-Term:

….One month after sessions at either or both the two highest dose sessions, 94% of volunteers endorsed that the experience increased their sense of well-being or life satisfaction moderately or very much, and 89% rated moderate or higher changes in positive behavior.

11 Jun

Inspiration and Chai shares 5 of the most common regrets of the dying:

#1 most frequent is “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”

I believe that when you choose to honor yourself, you honor everyone else as a result. I also think it is useful to utilize death as an advisor–to make choices from the vantage point of having exhausted your life and looking back on it. We will all be dead and gone soon, so what is it that is worthwhile to do?

Exchange work on an organic farm in exchange for room and board — all over the world

6 Jun World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms – I often want to opt out of the monetary culture and just grow food and live in peace, so it’s cool to know that that’s an option. This organization lists opportunities to exchange some work on an organic farm in exchange for room and board. So if you had money for airfare, you could theoretically see the world in this fashion, hopping from one farm to another, all the while learning about organic farming. is another option, apparently with opportunities other than farming.

11 Apr

“Everyone has the perfect gift to give the world–and if each of us is freed up to give the gift that is uniquely ours to give, the world will be in total harmony.” – Buckminster Fuller

25 Mar

This article in Alternet well states a point that I’ve often felt:

“As Martin wrote in her book “Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters,” the process of plucking, primping, dieting, exercising, and striving to conform to beauty standards–and hating themselves when they inevitably do not (who can live up to perfection itself?)–sucks up much of women’s time and energy that could be used to affect positive change for themselves and others.

Cool idea from the article on how to combat Photoshopped idea of beauty:

“To attack the culture of false ideals, another participant came up with a “reality stamp”–a certification to be used for media products that don’t alter their images with airbrushing or photoshopping. As Martin says, it would give “leverage” to consumers  but by celebrating the good media outlets rather than decrying the bad ones. This idea seems to have potential to gain traction, considering that some media outlets are already self-advertising as photoshop-free, sensing a consumer backlash.”

20 Mar